Many return to services on Easter, Passover weekend as COVID reshapes worship

Many return to services on Easter, Passover weekend as COVID reshapes worship

FULTON COUNTY – The Grace Lutheran Church community in Johnstown was back together for its Easter brunch Sunday morning for the first time since 2019. There wasn’t sunrise service beforehand — like three years ago — but they gathered for worship just after the meal, all together again.It warmed church secretary and deacon Bonnie Olendorf’s heart, “like you wouldn’t believe,” to be back together after two consecutive Easter seasons greatly impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.Christian and Jewish communities were both just weeks from one of their most important holidays — Easter and Passover, respectively — when the spread of…
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Always there to serve: 152-year-old Northville hardware store passed on to new owners

Always there to serve: 152-year-old Northville hardware store passed on to new owners

NORTHVILLE – The smell inside the store is what Brant Robinson remembers from his first visits to Allen & Palmer as a high schooler.He’s too familiar with it after 20 years to notice as much anymore but he said, “it’s got a unique smell, like [an] old feeling.”Allen & Palmer, the business, and its current home at 112 North Main St. in Northville bring an Americana essence to the village’s downtown. Civil War veterans Edwin Allen of Vermont and Andrew Palmer of Northville started a hardware business on North Main Street in 1870. And 112 North Main was built in…
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City of Johnstown extends state of emergency another 30 days

City of Johnstown extends state of emergency another 30 days

JOHNSTOWN - Johnstown Mayor Amy Praught announced Wednesday morning that the limited state of emergency because of its water system operations is extended another 30 days. "This is my way of protecting the citizens of Johnstown because I have to avoid a boil water," Praught said by phone, "and you know, to me, this is the only way right now to do that." The emergency order, which was set to expire Saturday, effectively keeps the city – rather than the Water Board – in control of the Water Department’s day-to-day operations. Praught issued the original declaration during the city’s Jan.…
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Gloversville School Board adopts 2022-23 budget proposal

Gloversville School Board adopts 2022-23 budget proposal

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education adopted a 2022-2023 budget proposal Monday that will meet the 1.45% state tax cap 6-0 with two members absent.  The budget would increase 5.3%, or $3,564,334, over this year’s budget to a total of $70,827,217, in large part to address rising special education and transportation costs, according to district officials. Those rising costs became clearer after student support services meeting between when district treasurer Cathy Meher first spoke to the board on March 7 and the second time on March 28. They caused Meher and district officials to have to…
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A family affair: Annual Gloversville Easter egg hunt example of organizers’ passion for bringing happiness

A family affair: Annual Gloversville Easter egg hunt example of organizers’ passion for bringing happiness

GLOVERSVILLE – Jeremy Krajewski didn’t know exactly how many pounds of candy his team bought for the 10th annual Gloversville Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday morning. But he did say, “enough that people were in awe [of] how much candy that we bought at the store.” Krajewski, chair of the city's Recreation Commission, gave a best guess of about 200 pounds of sweets, which would have provided each child at Trail Station Park with roughly a pound of candy. But, the team that has grown a city recreation department event schedule sixfold in six years is much more focused on…
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Brotherly love: Fulton Center resident gives sister gift far greater than picture frame

Brotherly love: Fulton Center resident gives sister gift far greater than picture frame

GLOVERSVILLE – Ann Vogel still remembers the coffee can filled with change that her younger brother brought to donate to her first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk seven years ago. John Angus drove it up from North Carolina after finding out his big sister was diagnosed.The tumor was caught very early – Stage 1 Level 1 – but he was still ready to be there and do anything to help.Vogel, who lives in Pittstown – where they grew up, also recalls that the man who arrived with a gift to fight the all-too-common disease in hand was in several…
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